Chalan Beel is the largest wetland of Bangladesh, covering three districts of Natore, Sirajganj and Pabna. Covering around 1600 square kilometers area, the Cholon Beel is located in the North-Western part of Bangladesh. Here life and living is tied with boat and water.
To get relief from monotonous daily life, agony of family and to make change for refreshment, you can avail the scope to make a trip at Cholon Beel areas where you can discover a different lifestyle and extract the special feeling.
One who is familiar with living in the rocky or mountain lands, has a scope to share reverse experience with biggest landscape view.
Such a biggest landscape is unique one all over Bangladesh where people live surrounded by water all the year round. Fishing and farming are the main business of peoples here.
Hundreds of families, mostly fishermen, in Cholon beel areas however, live on the non-motorised/manual boat all the year round.
If you can able to earn several day holiday from busy life, can add a taste of different touch of experience by making a touring in the villages of Cholon beel.
You can be experienced how simply people can lead their life and live with happy. You also can find a real life nature, where none will dare to disturb you when you fully engaged with fishing in the deep beel!
Hospitality of the local people also unthinkable that makes you happy and it will take time to forget it from your mind.
How to reach Cholon Beel!
Cholon beel is surrounded by three districts where you can go both by bus and train from capital Dhaka. Getting on a Natore or Sirajgonj -bound coach you have to get down at Bonpara areas beside Sirajganj-Dhaka highway. If you like to travel by train from Dhaka, you have to avail a Rajshahi bound trains (Padma-Silkcity or Dhumketu inter city trains) and you have to stop traveling at Sirajganj.
Where u live !
A good number of residential hotels are abundant in Sirajgonj and Natore. Beside highway the hotels and motels with family accommodations are located.
If you travel in Rainey season, you will notice only water and water through your two eyes and during summer you will find the flood of paddy or other seasonal crops. You can hardly visualize a small village covered by some trees.
After getting down from train or bus you have to hire both manual-driven and engine boat for a day or several days with a small payment and then you will enjoy the nature.
The boat man will help you on your having meal and accommodation!
In the day time, you can see, people are busy with fishing or reaping paddy and other seasonal crops.
The prime adventure is to spend several nights on boat on the silent water of the beel. If you know to swim, itâ€™s another comfort to you. By the help of boatmen, you can become a fisherman by carrying fishing wheels and scope of catch fish from the beel.
Most of the year, the lands are inundated by water and people only get one crop in a year. They have no alternatives to maintain their livelihoods without fishing. Traveling by boat is the only means of transportation for communication.
Another charm waits for you in Cholon Beel!
You will notice some big boats on the beel where children are getting their lesson. Some non-governmental organizations have launched floating school to provide elementary education to underprivileged children in different villages. Surprisingly the remote schools are equipped with modern information technologies like computer with internet connectivity! You have scope to give a lecture on the class.
Side by side you have scope to travel other nearby historical places in the region like Natore Uttara Gono Bhaban, Rajshahi Barind Museum, Puthia Rajbari, Mohastan Garh of Bogra, Paharpur Boudha Biher etc. Beside you can spend a night at Jamuna Resort beside the longest Jamuna Multipurpose Bridge at Sirajgonj.
Through very close distance, one can notice life of snake charmers in the Cholon beels. You have scope to take some rare snaps of life. Never forget to carry long distance camera and binocular, torch light, some dry food and fishing wheel.
You can take company of your family members. It would be better, if you reach there in day time. A day-long trip is also to be pleasant if you have small span of time.